R.M. Smythe & Co. to hold Internet auction of historical materials including autographs and more.. On October 1, 2007, R.M. Smythe & Co. will hold an Internet auction on eBay live of an eclectic collections of historical materials including autographs, photographs, ephemera, books and Americana.
1820-29, regarding persons, many of them “Of colour”or “of African extraction”who have been taken under the public trust or who are rejected as having failed to establish state residence, according to that state’s laws for the care of paupers. Generally very good. A highly interesting group!
28 MEDICINE: 1800s HERBAL MEDICINE MS ($375-Up)
Remarkable ca. 1830 Autograph Manuscript Signed “Mrs. Adml. Webley Parry,”undoubtedly the wife of Rear-Admiral W.H. Webley-Parry (1764-1837), 92pp, small 8vo, soft calf. A handwritten medical recipe, with additions by some others, for remedies to handle various ailments. An example, “For the Hooping Cough: Salt of Tartar - 20 grains / Cochineal - 40 grains / Water - 1 gill / Sweeten it with white sugar. A table spoonful three times a day for an adult; a desert [sic] spoonful for a child...”and for “Cough - from Dr. Lovell / Syrup of white Poppies - 2 oz. / Orymel [a vinegar and honey medicinal base] of Squills - 1/2 oz / Antimonial wine - 2 drachms / a couple of tea spoonful to be taken when the cough is troublesome...”With recipes for preparing aperients, Lady Hesketh’s Pills, a tincture for asthma, Mr. Sheriff’s Tonic, Mrs. Vougher’s mixture for English cholera, almond emulsion, etc. Two clippings tipped to inside front cover. Spine slightly frayed, overall very good. An outstanding view of old-style medicine.
29 NEW JERSEY - PENNSYLVANIA INDENTURE ($60-Up)
DS twice by NJ jurist “Jas. Ewing,”on recto and verso, first as witness in a May 1791 indenture in which, “Absalom Reeder of Eastown [Easton] in the County of Northampton & State of Pennsylvania & Chrissy his Wife and Abner Reeder of the City of Philadelphia...Silver Smith,”sell their stake in an inherited property in Trenton, NJ to their siblings, “Andrew Reeder & Amos Reader both of the Township of Trenton...” On verso, affirms that Absalom and his wife confirmed the document’s authenticity the following August. Original seals. Very good condition. Absalom and Chrissy’s son, Andrew Reeder would later serve as first Territorial Governor of Kansas.
30 NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: WORLD WAR II  ($50-Up)
Fourteen copies from: 1941-1; 1942-8; 1943-2; 1944-1; and one copy of “This Week Magazine” from the New York Herald Tribune, 3-22-42. Very educational!
31 NEWSPAPERS: BATTLE OF EUTAW SPRINGS ($60-Up)
“The Glasgow Mercury,“vol. IV, no. 206, 12/6-13/1781, 8pp. Misc. news, mainly related to shipping and English politics including remarks by North, Fox, and Burke about Henry Laurens. The newspaper includes a letter by Nathanael Greene about Sept. 8’s Battle of Eutaw Springs, a tactical draw that became a strategic victory for the Continental Army. Removed from a bound collection. Scotch tape joining first and last pages at hinge, otherwise fine.
32 NEWSPAPERS: EARLY 18th CENTURY  ($100-Up)
Trio of interesting and humorous sheets, each 2pp. “The Tatler,” 10/13-15, 1709. Entirety is a humorous essay by “Isaac Bickerstaff” [Joseph Addison]. From bound volume. Toned, foxed, edge wear, else very good. “The Spectator,”no. 431, 7/15/1712. With satiric letter by “Sabina Rentfree.” From a bound volume. Very